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'''Louisa May Alcott''' (; November 29, 1832 – March 6, 1888) was an American novelist and poet best known as the author of the novel ''Little Women'' (1868) and its sequels ''Little Men'' (1871) and ''Jo's Boys'' (1886). Raised by her transcendentalist parents, Abigail May and Amos Bronson Alcott in New England, she grew up among many of the well-known intellectuals of the day such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Henry David Thoreau. Nevertheless, her family suffered severe financial difficulties and Alcott worked to help support the family from an early age. She began to receive critical success for her writing in the 1860s. Early in her career, she sometimes used the pen name '''A. M. Barnard''' and under it wrote novels for young adults. Published in 1868, ''Little Women'' is set in the Alcott family home, Hillside, later called the Wayside, in...
PseudonymA. M. Barnard
Birth date{{birth date|1832|11|29}}
Birth placeGermantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|Germantown, Pennsylvania, United States
Death date{{death date and age|1888|3|6|1832|11|29|mf=y}}
Death placeBoston, Massachusetts, United States
Nationality| period = Civil War (United States)|Civil War
SubjectYoung Adult stories
Movement| notableworks = ''Little Women''
InfluencesRalph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, Charles Dickens
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